Identification of Evidence-Based Responsible Fertilizer Use in Ghana: 2022 FERARI In-Person Coordination Conference

Abstract
This Book of Abstracts on identification of evidence-based responsible fertilizer use in Ghana was developed to provide an overview of key research about fertilization strategies as related to improving soil health in Ghana. The abstracts are called for in FERARI’s first in-person coordination meeting in Ghana, delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference is bringing together various stakeholders under the FERARI program to discuss the past three years of project implementation and the way forward. Largely, the research has been done by the M.Sc. and Ph.D. student researchers and the researchers from the various associated institutions and universities. In most cases, the abstracts were written with data generated through experiments and surveys conducted under the FERARI program. The abstracts focus on nutrient transfer from soils, chemical interactions within the soil system, economics/agribusiness and sustainability of soil fertility management, nutrient management and enhanced crop yield, and stakeholder analysis of soil health. The Book of Abstracts was coordinated by researchers in the FERARI program and its collaborative researchers. These coordinators have in-depth knowledge on the fertilizer sector and crop fertilization, with records of publication on soil health, crop production, and farm economics. The Book of Abstracts provides some evidence on FERARI’s objectives of training a new generation of fertilizer scientists and provides recommendations on how to improve crop productivity through the use of balanced fertilization. This Book of Abstracts provides evidence for the need to improve soil fertility, especially through the use of macronutrients and micronutrients. It is the first of its kind under the FERARI program, and we expect that it will raise the awareness of our audience of the significant impact the program is making to improve upon existing fertilizer research. Overall, the abstracts on the experimental data highlight the impacts of various fertilizer types, rates, and application methods on crop yields, particularly for maize, rice, and soybean. The socioeconomic results also highlight the major challenges confronting the fertilizer sector in Ghana and some strategies for addressing these.
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Adzawla, William, Renu Pandey, Christian Dimkpa, Comfort Freeman, Yussif Baba Kassim, Prem S. Bindraban, and Williams K. Atakora (Eds.). 2022. Book of Abstracts. Identification of Evidence-Based Responsible Fertilizer Use in Ghana: 2022 FERARI In-Person Coordination Conference. IFDC FERARI Research Report No. 10